The USS Farragut was a Constitution-class starship in service in the late 23rd century. She was named in honor of American naval officer David Farragut, first Admiral of the Navy, who commanded Union ships during the American Civil War. Admiral Farragut was famous for his rallying cry, "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead!"
In 2254, Farragut was under the command of Captain Steve Garrovick. Lieutenant James Kirk, a recent graduate of Starfleet Academy, started his first deep space assignment aboard Farragut. (TOS: "Obsession")
Kirk led his first planetary survey mission on Tyree's Planet (aka Neural, Zeta Boötis III) in 2255. He befriended Tyree, leader of the Hill People, a primitive tribe of hunter-gatherers living in huts and caves. The two were ceremonially made brothers. (TOS: "A Private Little War")
In 2257, Farragut encountered a dangerous dikironium cloud creature (or "Vampire Cloud") near Tycho IV. The Vampire Cloud killed 200 members of the Farragut's crew, including Captain Garrovick. Lieutenant Kirk, due to his own hesitation, blamed himself for the deaths (TOS: "Obsession", TOS novel: Debt of Honor; TOS novel: The Ashes of Eden). Farragut returned home for refit and the executive officer, Commander Emilio Alvarez, was promoted to captain and given command of the ship.
- In Orion Press continuity, the encounter with the dikironium cloud creature occurred in 2256. The TOS novel: Debt of Honor does not date the event but has Art Chenoweth as the exec.
In 2266, Captain Alvarez retired from Starfleet after an incident that left him disabled. Commander John Carter, of the USS Potemkin, was promoted to captain and was assigned as the new commanding officer of the Farragut. (Starship Farragut)
A few years later, Captain Carter was promoted and transferred. Science Officer Tacket was promoted to captain and became commanding officer of the USS Constitution. Chief Engineer Smithfield was also promoted to captain; she succeeded Carter as the Farragut's commanding officer.
In 2273, the ship was refitted. It went on to serve for another two decades before it was decommissioned. (Ship Recognition Manual, Volume 4: Starships of the Original Series Era)
- Captain John Carter - commanding officer
- Commander Robert Tacket - executive officer
- Commander George Foster - science officer (later also executive officer) ("Conspiracy of Innocence", "The Crossing")
- Commander Michelle Smithfield - chief engineer
- Lieutenant Commander Gary Weston - chief of security/tactical officer ("Conspiracy of Innocence", "The Crossing")
- Lieutenant Freeman - communications officer ("The Crossing")
- Brooke Derham, M.D. - chief medical officer ("Conspiracy of Innocence", "The Crossing")
Previous commanding officers
- Captain Nechama Rabin (2240s) (TOS novel: Vulcan's Forge)
- Captain Steve Garrovick (Late 2240s-2257)
- Captain Emilio Alvarez (2257-2266)
- Captain John T. Carter (2266-2270?)
Other notable personnel
- Akanke - scientist (2257) (TOS novel: Debt of Honor)
- Lieutenant Allen Baker - navigator (2265-?) ("The Captaincy", "Power Source", "A Rock and a Hard Place")
- Ensign Nikolai Barstow - (2251-?) (Star Trek: Shadowstar Station)
- Lieutenant Commander Decatur - night-shift officer of the deck ("Night Shift")
- Lieutenant Androvar Drake - navigator (2250s) (TOS novel: The Ashes of Eden)
- Senior Chief Specialist Yvette Dupree - transporter chief (late 2260s) ("Conspiracy of Innocence", "The Crossing")
- Ensign Russell Gates - engineer (2265-present) ("For Want of a Nail")
- Lieutenant Commander Wayne Galway - transporter chief / engineer (2266-?) ("For Want of a Nail")
- Lieutenant (later Commander) Christine Holley, M.D. - chief medical officer (2266-?) ("The Captaincy", "For Want of a Nail", "Power Source", "The Needs of the Many", "The Price of Anything")
- Lieutenant Jeanne Jeffries - nurse (2269) ("Conspiracy of Innocence")
- Victoria Leigh (2250s) (Star Trek: The Original Series comics: "Class Reunion", "Sacrifice")
- Lieutenant Commander Tia Logan (late 2260s) - bridge specialist ("The Price of Anything", "Conspiracy of Innocence", "The Crossing")
- Lieutenant Alissa Moretti - chief of communications (2266-?) ("The Captaincy", "Power Source", "The Needs of the Many", "The Price of Anything")
- Diane Morwood (2257) - engineer (2257) (Debt of Honor)
- Ensign Faith Morgan - tactical officer (2256-2257) (The Ashes of Eden)
- Lieutenant Roy Morris - helm officer (2266-present) ("For Want of a Nail", "Just Passing Through", "The Price of Anything", "Conspiracy of Innocence", "The Crossing")
- Lieutenant Porter - engineering officer ("Night Shift")
- Lieutenant Commander (later Commander) Henry Francis Prescott III - chief of security (2266-?) ("The Captaincy", "For Want of a Nail", "The Crossing")
- Lieutenant Samuel Stahler - communications officer (2269) ("The Price of Anything", "Conspiracy of Innocence")
- Lieutenant Taylor - helm officer (2269) ("Power Source")
- Lieutenant Thelin - navigation officer (2269) ("Power Source", "The Needs of the Many")
- Lawrence H. Styles (2250s) (TOS novel: Prime Directive)
- Ensign Warren - night-shift helm officer ("Night Watch")
- Brandi Ward - engineer (2266-2268) (Tamerlane)
- In this timeline (resulting from the destruction of the Enterprise under the command of Christopher Pike in 2254 by a time-traveling Planet Killer), the Farragut was commanded by James T. Kirk following the death of Captain Garrovick. The crew of the Farragut, under Kirk, remained relatively the same as the crew of the Enterprise in the unaltered timeline with very few exceptions (most noticeably, a Klingon First Officer, named Kargh). Through the remainder of the Doomsday War, the ship and crew shared many of the same missions as the crew of the Enterprise in the unaltered history, including the discovery of the Guardian of Forever. (Star Trek: New Voyages: "In Harm's Way")
No official registry or class was established for the Farragut during the initial run of the Star Trek television series. During the episode "Obsession", the vessel was referred to as a starship; a term that was used throughout the entire series to describe the USS Enterprise and other vessels of a similar configuration, which we would later come to know as the Constitution class. ("The Ultimate Computer", "The Omega Glory", "The Doomsday Machine", "The Tholian Web")
Several publications (most notably Stephen E. Whitfield's "The Making of Star Trek" and Franz Joseph's "Star Fleet Technical Manual") list Farragut as a Constitution-class heavy cruiser, with the registry NCC-1702. The Technical Manual also listed the vessel as being "lost in the line of duty". Although there is canon evidence that nearly half the crew were wiped out, there is no canon evidence to support the claim that the vessel itself was lost.
More recent and official sources, including the official Star Trek website (startrek.com), and Michael Okuda's "Star Trek Encyclopedia" and "Star Trek Chronology" confirm that the ship was a Constitution-class vessel; however, they list the ship's registry as NCC-1647. This registry was assigned by Greg Jein, a model maker who worked with Okuda on Star Trek: The Next Generation and the later incarnations of the Star Trek franchise.
It should be noted that since the beginning of "Star Trek: Remastered", a project which is produced by CBS/Paramount to bring TOS into the twenty-first century with Hi-definition quality video, sound and new, computer-generated special effects (CGI), the Jein registries have been consistently used when any other Constitution-class ship has been seen ("The Ultimate Computer", "The Omega Glory", "The Tholian Web"), giving credence to the Jein list as "official" or "canon", while simultaneously dismissing the registries listed by both Whitfield and Joseph.
Although it is apparent that CBS/Paramount has officially embraced the Jein registries (and in so doing, the 1647 registry for the Farragut) as canon, it must also be noted that since the USS Farragut was only mentioned in TOS dialogue and was never (and is not likely to be) seen in either an original or remastered episode of the original series, her registry, technically, remains conjectural.
|Starships named Farragut|
|USS Farragut (NCC-1647) - USS Farragut (NCC-1702) - USS Farragut (NCC-1921) - USS Farragut (NCC-2582) - USS Farragut (NCC-60597)|
- Star Trek comic books and graphic novels
- Star Trek: Debt of Honor
- Star Trek fan films:
- Star Trek fan comics:
- Tamerlane: "The Champion"
- USS Farragut (23rd century) article at Memory Alpha, the canon Star Trek wiki.
- USS Farragut (NCC-1647) article at Memory Beta, the non-canon Star Trek wiki.
- Jackill's: Starfleet Heavy Cruiser Constitution-Class (2nd Pilot) (1999)
- Strategic Design: Constitution-Class NX-1700 Starship Prototype (2009)
- USS Enterprise Heavy Cruiser Class Star Trek (TOS): Profile, Cutaway, and Deck Plans (2020)